For the past nine years, Whispering Roses has delighted audiences at festivals and concerts throughout the northwest with their unique blend of Celtic, sacred and folk music. Sarah (piano, vocals), Janna (Celtic harp, vocals), Krista (recorders, vocals) and Kathrina (violin, vocals), the four sisters who form Whispering Roses, each began music lessons at the age of three, and grew up playing and singing together. In 1999, at the encouragement of their parents, the girls started sharing their music at local retirement homes and events.
Whispering Roses debuted in the Portland music scene in 2004 when they were first invited to perform at The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights, the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. Their home-grown Celtic style was a refreshing change of pace for the festival and Whispering Roses has been invited to return every year since. With their family, the girls released their debut CD in 2007, Journey Through The Highlands. The title track earned Krista an award at the national level of the NFMC composition festival.
Since then, Whispering Roses has steadily gained a following in Portland, playing standing-room-only concerts in coffee houses throughout the area and putting on their own popular Celtic Christmas concerts each year. Feeling the need for masculine energy, the girls incorporated their brother Noah into the band, welcoming his strong, rhythmic performances on guitar.
As the band of siblings has grown musically, released two more CDs, and crafted their sound into a pleasing mix of melting ballads and toe-tapping instrumentals, they have been invited farther afield. The have garnered notice at the Highland Games in Enumclaw, Washington and were invited to the Bitterroot Scottish Irish Festival in Montana for two consecutive years. At home in Portland, Whispering Roses continues to be involved in the All-Ireland Cultural Society of Oregon and S & A Irish Entertainment, participating in the active Celtic music and dance scene in the Northwest.